Friday, May 22, 2015

Emmajane and Bassey - Signed, Sealed and Delivered.....

This week, we are featuring Emmajane and Bassey who jumped the broom together recently.  Efik culture was brought to the fore on their colourful day as Bassey Yellow Duke, his dad - Rtd Major General Inameti Yellow Duke and their entire family headed to Emmajane's home in Calabar to knock on the door and ask for her hand in marriage.  
Waiting happily for my groom

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Female Politician Caught In Act of Performing Ritual Killing?

OMG!! I dont know what to believe! Is this the truth or some form of smear campaign?   The pictures above were lifted from Henry Obazi's facebook page and he alleges that the lady in the picture - Mrs Munirat Adedoyin, the former Deputy Chairman of Ikorodu Local Government was caught performing some rituals with the young boy in the picture.  He alleges that she is on the run and is wanted by the police in connection with the act.  See screenshots of Henry Obazi's facebook page after the cut.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Student at University of Hertfordshire commits suicide after suffering heartbreak....

Reports reaching me disclose that a 19 year old foreign student of the University of Hertfordshire has committed suicide.  The 19 year old who has not been named was taken to Lister Hospital, Stevenage after "self harming" by stabbing himself (with a knife) several times (outside the campus block) at about 2.15am on 12th May 2015.  He died on arrival at the hospital as a result of his injuries.

Why would a student whose parents have nutured and cared for him for over 19 years decide that life is suddenly too bleak because of a girl, take a knife and stab himself several times?  His parents have paid over £9,000 as fees, much more for accommodation and other sundry expenses depending on his year/level of study.  Why would he do that to his family and to himself? Too late now - maybe someone saw the signs and ignored them?  May his soul rest in peace.

World Wrapper Man Arrives Okpekpe 72 hours Behind Schedule Amidst Hostility..

David Obaro
Albert Akpong - World Wrapper Man's base co-ordinator has informed me that Wrapper Man is facing extreme hostilities in communities he is passing through in Edo State.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hon. Majorie Asuquo loses her mum....

The incumbent Chairman of Calabar South Local government - Hon.  Majorie Asuquo lost her loving mother recently to the cold hands of death.  Various elders, groups and individuals in the state paid her condolence visits.  Pictures from the visits are below:

Senator Elect Chief Gershom Bassey signing the Condolence Register

Free Blood Screening for Hepatitis B At Calabar South LG Council

The University of Calabar Teaching Hospital in conjunction with the Calabar South Local Government Area recently conducted a free blood screening exercise for Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and other blood related diseases at the council offices.  Pictures from the event are below:

Bursts of Refuse Littering Calabar Again.....

Refuse around Zone 6/Ekorinim Junction

I heard in the Grapevine that bursts of refuse were springing up in  unsightly places all over Calabar.  From the picture above, this seems to be the truth and nothing but the truth.  It looks like Calabar Urban Development Authority (CUDA) is not emptying the refuse bins on time and on schedule causing them to over flow and produce this unsightly mess.  

The Grapevine also tells me that there is another huge burst of refuse opposite the State Library.  CUDA - you have been called out!! And you lovely citizens of Ekorinim/Zone 6 - if your refuse bins are already overflowing, why throw refuse on the ground around the bins?

Monday, May 18, 2015

World Wrapper Man: Day 12

Day 12 Sunday 17 May 2015 Iruekpen to Ekpoma

At the crack of dawn, David commenced his trek from Iruekpen with the intention of heading to Ekpoma.  His journey is becoming tortuous and is compounded by the fact that he has serious blisters on his feet which are impeding his movement but heh - his motto is forward ever backward never.  Aluta continua!  The blisters  on his foot wont deter him and he is taking every step necessary to ensure that nothing is taken for granted.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

World Wrapper Man: Day 11

Day 11 Saturday 16th May 2015  Okpekpe to Iruekpen

David set off from Lagos on 6th May with the intention of arriving in Okpekpe on 15th May with the intention of participating in the 3rd Okpekpe Road Race.  However, due to several delays/skirmishes he has met along the way, where in all the instances, he was delayed by youth for a couple of hours, it was not possible for him to get to Okpekpe in time for the race.

Yesterday, a couple of youths stopped him from progressing on his trek and held him hostage for a couple of hours on his way to Okpekpe.  The police in the town where he was accosted were not receptive to his plight either.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

World Wrapper Man: Day 9 - 10

Day 9 Thursday 14th May 2015  Ohosu to Okada and Benin

David left Ohosu at the crack of dawn with a spring in his step, believing w that Jehovah is forever a better and stronger security than humans who has kept him all through the trek/journey.  After hours of trekking, he finally arrived Okada town early evening.  He stopped in Okada for a few hours rest and then continued his journey at about 6pm to Benin.  According to David and I quote: "No giving up now - loads of catching up to do".  David is afraid he may be running behind schedule.  He got to Benin late on Thursday night, but due to the fact that his battery was down, and no power bank to keep it fully charged, missed the people who were waiting to receive him......

Day 10  Friday 15th May 2015  Benin to Okpekpe

David was interviewed by Silverbird TV and Channels TV.  Channels TV went along with him for some distance recording his feat.  Please look out for the interviews as they will be featured shortly.

David's legs are getting heavy.  If anyone is on a journey from Lagos to Benin, please get some inflamation cream and carry along on your journey.  This may be extremely useful if you pass David aka World Wrapper Man on the way.  He needs the inflamation cream badly.  His feet are crying our for help... 

David also needs a new ipad and power bank as his previous ones had been smashed by a trailer in the night.  Please reach out and support his cause.  He needs to get to Okpekpe today as the Road Race is taking place tomorrow.

Will keep you posted as I receive more updates.

Update:  David's camp informed me that he was involved in two skirmishes today.  The first was with a couple of youths who delayed his journey and would not let him proceed.  The police was involved but they sided with the youth and did not believe that he was trekking for Charity.  We would like to use this medium to appeal to all out there - David is real.  Please offer him as much assistance as you can when he passes through your town.  He is not a threat at all to your community.

David also suffered another skirmish at Iruekpen at about 4.30pm.  He had stopped at Igeduma opposite Jehovah Witness's church to have a look at and attend to his blistered and painful feet.  Two ladies who were tenants assisted him in tending to his feet but  a tall and light complexioned man believed to be the landlord of the building was extremely hostile and ordered Wrapper Man to leave the vicinity immediately.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

World Wrapper Man: Day 5 - 8

My apologies I know I have not been consistent this week.  Circumstances beyond my control.  I said I would be bringing updates on the first phase of World Wrapper Man's trek to Okpekpe.  Updates below:

Day 5  Sunday 11 May 2015 Itele to J3 

Woke up at Itele and had fellowship with some Itele youth.  David was supposed to see the Kabiyesi of Itele at 10am but that would have taken a huge chunk of his travel time so he could not keep the meeting.
Okpekpe - Here I come....

Passers by stopped to say hello

Monday, May 11, 2015

Advantages of Breast Milk

Who owns this test paper?  Own up now! LOL!

If I was the teacher, you would get an A for creativity. LOL!  I suppose the baby below can attest to the truth of the creativity.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

World Wrapper Man: Day 1 - 4

World Wrapper Man and his wrapper

Getting Set for Bucharest 2011 Marathon
Bucharest 2011 Marathon
Race Over - Bucharest 2011 Marathon
Adjarho David Obaro is a Chef who was previously resident in Romania but is now resident in Lagos.  He has run several marathons including the Budapest marathon.  David is undertaking a 787km run/trek from Lagos to Abuja with multiple purposes which include:
  • Raise money for about 5 charities he is supporting;
  • Raise awareness about the Okpekpe Road Race which takes place on May 16th in Edo State; and
  • Raise awareness about the forthcoming Wrapper Marathon.

Julian Cole: A Case of Excessive Force By Police During Arrests?

Julian today
The young man in the picture above is Julian Cole, a young man standing 5 feet, 5 inches tall and only 21 years old who until 6th May 2013 had everything going for him.  Julian was an athlete, a footballer and a Sports Science student at Bedforshire University who decided to go out with a couple of his friends and have some fun Elements nightclub in Bedford.  They were thrown out of the club for some reason and Julian for reasons best known to him, decided to go back to the door (of the club) and request for a refund of the money he had paid earlier to get into the club.  He was seized the bouncers security men at the door who handed him over to the police outside the club.
Julian before the incident

Sisi Yemmie and Bobo Yomi welcome son

Its a boy!! One of my favourite bloggers - Sisi Yemmie and her husband Bobo Yomi have welcomed a son into their family.  A big congratulations to them on the arrival of their "4kg of God's blessings".  He is indeed extremely handsome.  See mini bobo's picture below:

Sisi and Bobo - Welcome to Mummyville and Daddyville!!

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Lagos State Carnival - 9th May 2015

Hey Lagos folks!! I learnt the carnival is taking place right now!!  Is it great fun?  Drop your comments and let us know how your day went.  Pictures from the Carnival will be coming up shortly.

Gynaecologist and His Wife Keep 'Slave' for 24 Years

Dr Emmanuel and Mrs Antan Edet
Ofonime Sunday Inuk is the Chief Witness in the case against a Consultant Gynaecologist - Dr Emmanuel Edet and his wife Mrs Antan Edet a senior nurse.  Dr Edet and his wife are charged with cruelty to a person under 16, slavery, holding a man against his will for 24 years and assisting unlawful immigration.  It is believed that Ofonime was handed over to the couple when he was 12 years old by his parents.  He lived with the couple in Israel and them moved with them from Israel to the UK when he was 14 years old.  He was included on their passport when they moved to the UK.

Speaking from behind the screen at Harrow Crown Court while giving his evidence, Ofonime said he worked as a slave in the couple's home in Perivale for up to 17 hours a day.  He cooked, cleaned and took care of the couple's children.  He went to the police in 2014 when the couple went on holiday to Nigeria.

The couple deny keeping him as a slave and could serve up to 14 years in prison if found guilty.  The case continues.......

Why did this couple not attempt to regularise Ofonime's papers while he lived with them?  Why was he denied an education while he lived with them?  Primary Education was still free the last time I checked.  Ofonime has been living with them from 1989 to 2014 when he went to the police. 24 years in a land where education costs nothing, absolutely nothing!  This is a case of man's inhumanity and injustice to one another but I wont be quick to judge until I hear what they have to say in their defence.  

Culled from IBT Times

The World Wrapper Man

Yes, you read right! His name is Amb David Adjarho Obaro aka  "World Wrapper Man" and he is undertaking a run/trek to raise over N500m for 5 charities across the country.  David is a Chef, Entrepreneur and also an experienced marathoner who has competed in several marathons in Bucharest where he used to be a resident. The charities David is supporting includes Beach Samaritans - a charity concerned with the clean up of Nigerian beaches and Government College Ughelli Old Boys Association.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Eating In Public - A Taboo or Norm?

Some of us were brought up with the belief that eating food in public was bad manners and a very big taboo.  Food was meant to be eaten sitting down in private.  These days, it seems that is no longer the norm.  I have lost count of the number of people I have seen walking along the streets and munching on whatever food, snack or meal as the case may be, catches their fancy.  I am ashamed to say I have even attended the club meetings a couple of times - after all, the saying is "if you cant beat them......"

Last month, a black lady was pictured on the underground train eating what looks like Amala and some sort of soup while travelling to her destination.  Talk about multitasking on a different level.  She must have been starving and extremely bold to have tried that.  It was obviously not rush hour or she would have had a huge audience watching her 'commit suicide'.  Did she not see the signs about not eating 'smelly food' on the train? Ok, I exaggerated.  Amala does not exactly fall into the category of 'smelly food' but really? What about the discomfort  of trying to balance your meal on your knee or hands? God help her if it was 'draw' soup and the train driver decided to step on the brakes while the balls are on their way from the bowl to her mouth.  Kudos to her for her bravado though........

I'll eat my meal wherever and however I please....

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Wake Up - PD Braide

Pamela Braide is a young lady who is passionate about a lot of things -  music and entertainment being some of the things she is passionate about.  She recently released her album and "Wake Up" is a catchy single from her first album.  The single is a mix of reggae, rock and a lot of attitude........  Download "Wake Up" using the link below:

Thinking of Crossing from Libya to Italy?

Maybe this video will help convince you crossing the Mediterranean in one piece is no mean feat.  The passengers in the boat set out on Sunday, attempting to cross from Libya to Italy when the dingy got into problems.  Luckily, they were found by a rescue boat before the dingy sank.  The boat hit the rescue vessel and began to offload its human contents in to the sea.  I dread to imagine what would have happened if the dingy had hit a rock and there was no rescue boats or life buoys in sight.  People - dont endanger your lives!  

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Food Poisoning Defined............

Hilarious definition of food poisoning.  Do you agree?

P.S: What is "Otumokpo!? LOL!

Oh No You Didnt'!

Imagine coming back home after a tiring day at work.  You look forward to the kids screaming and running to the door to welcome you.  You put the key in the lock, turn it, open the door, walk in and shout "Honey I'm home".  This beautiful sight of your toddler and his shenanigans meets your eyes:

What would be your reaction?

Cocktail Training, Going...... Going.......

Are you still in a quagmire and wondering what to do with yourself this weekend?  Ponder no more! Pick yourself up and head to Ojodu Berger for training that will change your life.  Remember no amount of knowledge is ever wasted.  You are never too old to learn something new.  Learn how to make delicious drinks that will wow your guests.  Who knows?  They could commission you to make and serve all the drinks at their next birthday party.  

Princess Charlotte receives her royal visitors

Prince William and Princess William announced the new princess's names yesterday.  She will be addressed henceforth as HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Wales.  Charlotte is believed to be a moniker for her paternal grandfather Prince Charles, Elizabeth as a tribute to her great grandmother the Queen and Diana as a tribute to her late paternal grandmother Princess Diana.
Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
 Her birth was registered yesterday at Kensington Palace by her father Prince William Wales.
Princess Charlotte's Birth Certificate
Princess Charlotte has received a host of royal visitors which include her Great Grandmother - Queen Elizabeth, Her Grandfather - Prince Charles and his wife Camilla,  Her Maternal Grandparents - Mr & Mrs Middleton as well as Aunt Pippa.
Queen Elizabeth II

Prince Charles and Camilla

Carole and Pippa Middleton

Mr Michael Middleton

Erection Day Is Nigh

If I could turn back time.  I have said that to myself so many times before.  More often than not, just after I click on the send button when sending an email and out of the corner of my eye spot an error or spelling mistake. *Sigh*  I'm glad to know I am not the only one prone to error.  The elections are here and someone spotted this glaring error in a Tory campaign leaflet.  Have a look and see if you can spot the error.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

WITJ Afro Hair And Beauty Expo

I have not been to a Natural Hair event before.  That is most likely because I am 'still in the closet'.  I stumbled on Woman In The Jungle (WITJ) Afro Hair and Beauty event coming up soon.  Looking forward to attending both events.  I will let you know how it goes.....

Monday, May 04, 2015

Crazy School Girls

Going by the activities in the video, this is obviously some sort of social event organised by at least two schools.  The girls seem to be wearing one uniform and the boys some other type of uniform so I suppose it is safe to assume that a boys only and girl only school decided to have a joint event.  

What bothers me however is that majority of the girls seem to be behaving outrageously. Loads of the boys in the video seem sane (with the exception of the few indulging in this crazy dancing) but the same cant be said for the girls in the video. Could it be something in the water they drank?  Does anyone have any idea which schools these students are from or the event?

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Chelsea Crowned 2015 Premier League Champions

Chelsea FC was crowned champions of the premier league this afternoon after beating Crystal Palace by a lone goal.  Congratulations to them and all their loyal fans....

Rita Chukwudi Gives Thanks To God

Dear Calabar Gal,

I want to give thanks to God for seeing me through 6 years of University (several years of ASUU strike inclusive).  My graduation was yesterday and my family came out to support me.  I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry Education from Delta State University.

More pictures from Rita's graduation after the cut......